Brazilian Bake by Camila Alves McConaughey

Brazilian Bake by Camila Alves McConaughey

Servings 4


  • 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil  
  • ½ cup onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 ½ cups fresh spinach, finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and grated 
  • 1 - 1.5 lbs of 80/20 ground beef
  • Flake salt
  • Black pepper
  • 28 oz can crushed tomatoes with or without basil
  • ½ cup of water
  • Drizzle of Honey 
  • 3 Basil leaves
  • 12oz GoodWheat Rotini
  • 2 cups mozzarella, shredded (divided)
  • 1 cup smoked ham, sliced or chopped into small cubes (divided)


  • 2 tablespoons green olives, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup corn kernels 

How to Make:

Step 1.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat add the olive oil, onions, and pinch of flake salt. Cook the onions down a little bit and then add the garlic. Cook until the onions become clear, then add the chopped plum tomatoes and cook the tomatoes until the water from the tomatoes cooks off and the tomatoes take on a slight paste consistency. 

Step 2.

Add the chopped spinach and cook for one minute. Then add the grated carrot to the skillet. If the mixture becomes dry or sticks to the skillet, add a little olive oil to the middle of the skillet and stir the mixture with the olive oil. 

Step 3.

Increase heat to medium-high and add the ground beef. If the meat becomes lumpy while cooking, grab a potato masher to break apart the meat. 

Step 4.

While ground beef is browning, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add a teaspoon of salt to the boiling water if desired. 

Step 5. 

Add black pepper and flake salt to the ground beef that is browning. Season the meat well. 

 Step 6.

Once the beef is browned, add the crushed tomatoes to the skillet. Add a ½ cup of water to the sauce and cook on low heat and add a drizzle or two of honey. 

 Step 7.

Add the basil leaves and let the sauce simmer while you cook the GoodWheat Rotini pasta. *If your family loves green olives and corn, you can add these optional ingredients while the sauce is simmering. 

Step 8.

 Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Step 9. 

To the large pot of boiling water, add 12oz of GoodWheat Rotini and cook for 14-17 minutes, GoodWheat is always al dente.  

Step 10.

Drain the rotini well. Return the drained pasta to the empty pot and add one cup of the sauce to the rotini. Stir to combine.  

Step 11.

In an oven-proof skillet or a 9x13 baking dish add half of the rotini to form the bottom layer. Top the rotini with half of the amount of the remaining sauce, then evenly sprinkle ½ cup of the cubed ham and top the bottom layer with 1 cup of the shredded mozzarella cheese. 

Step 12.

Repeat the same for the top layer and bake for 30 minutes. 


**If assembling ahead of time and the Brazilian Bake has been refrigerated, bake covered in a 350-degree oven for 45 minutes. Remove the cover and bake for another 15 minutes or until the rotini bake is heated through.** 

Recipe and photography created by Camila Alves McConaughey for Women of Today.

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